This was superb, thank you wifey for booking these apartments.
The one bedroom apartment is very sizeable and comes with free air-conditioning. Bathroom did not have external window, but had extraction. Apartment was well furnished, with satellite TV, although only CNN and BBC worldwide for English speakers. However let's also mention the cooking facilities as these feature in a number of reviews. Yes it is three gas rings and a sink inside a wooden cupboard - see the picture - but is absolutely fine for the limited cooking you do on holiday. These may sound little niggles, but are not, the beauty is the size of the apartment, it's location and the ability to use the Hotel facilities to which the apartments are attached. Our linen and towels were changed regurlarly and the apartment was well serviced.
You can go up to the hotel to use their facilities. There is a eatery open between 12:30 to 14:30, serves salads for 6 euro, pizzas (frozen, but nice) from 5 Euro. Pasta dishes cost 9 Euro. For a lunch for three with drinks - wine, beer & coke - expect to pay about 40/45 Euro. The pool at the hotel is bigger and has a diving board. Be aware that you do need to time your arrival if you wnat a sunbed. I would suggest arriving between 12:00 - 13:00. After 14:00 you may not find available beds, especially on weekends.
We booked with Thomsoms. Their rep was superb, and assisted us with ideas for visits to Pisa, Florence, Vinci, San Gimignano and Siena - I recommend all of these as places to visit. Note that the best was to get to Florence is on the train from Signa - cost E2.30 each (£2). When in Florence I would suggest you do the open top bus tour - tickets cost E15 each so bit pricey, but you get earphones and get to see all the key sites. You can also get to Fiesole. The ticket is valid for 24 hours, so quite good value. We also stopped an the Piazza Michael Angelo - gives great views of the city.
Now the one downside - CAR HIRE - car was included in the cost, but when we arrived we were presented with keys to a Fiat Panda for three adults and three suitcases. My son sat all the way to the apartments with two suitcases on his knee - SO CHECK WHAT YOU ARE GETTING BEFORE YOU GO!! We did not get any upgrade even though we would have paid some extra. Also when you arrive there is a shuttle bus to the car hire building, but it gets so packed. We arrived and there must have been 100+ customers waiting and the bus only carries about 20 people. The car hire is only a five minute wal in building 5 - just follow the red pavement to the right of where the shuttle bus picks up - you will save time.
Artimino is a small village. It has 4 restaurants - we ate at Bottega Peruzzi just around the corner from the apartments - interesting food. There is also the Cantina del Redi - excellent if a little pricey. There is also the Del Fina - did not visit. The best place is the local taverna - sits on the corner - walk out the apartments, pass Bottega and turn left than right, you will see all the sun shades etc. This place sells meat, cheese and bread and is very popular with the locals - try it. It also is a bar - you go in pick what you wnat to drink pay and consume. There is a young lady there who speaks English to help if you get stuck!
There is an excellent ice cream shop and a leather retailer in the village - say hello to Giovanni in the leather shop.
This is a fantastic place to visist and I do highly recommend these apartments for a quiet family holiday and as a base to see the fantastic Tuscan sites.
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